Man who oversaw Worcester employment agency accused of underreporting wages after previous company investigation, officials say

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A 43-year-old Worcester man who oversaw UT Services, a Worcester employment agency, has been accused of falsely claiming the company only had one employee when in fact it did dozens, authorities said.

Tam Vuong was arrested on Friday and charged with two counts of wire fraud, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling’s office.

Vuong is scheduled to appear in federal court in Worcester later on Friday.

Officials say Vuong told UT Services’ insurance company that the company had one employee and an annual payroll of just $50,000, according to Lelling’s office.

However, UT Services actually had dozens of employees and a significantly higher payroll, Lelling’s office said.

In a scheme to underreport wages, UT Services paid most of its workers in cash, fraudulently understating the workers’ compensation insurance premium, the statement said.

Additionally, UT Services distributed false certificates of insurance to multiple clients and underreported its payroll in various state and federal documents, Lelling’s office said.

Vuong previously operated other employment agencies, including Prime Labor Services, which had revenues of more than $25 million and also understated their salaries, the statement said.

After federal agents executed search warrants in November 2017, Vuong transferred operations from Prime Labor Services to UT Services, according to the statement.

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